May 05, 2012

1976 Topps Traded: The Missing Cards - #500T Reggie Jackson

Charlie Finley's decision to dismantle his championship-winning A's still stings the heart of the baseball fan. No team should be blown up in so public a way: first Reggie was dealt to the Orioles, then the fire sale at the trade deadline in June... it's enough to make an Oakland fan root for the team across the bay. And then, to add insult to injury, the team actually competed in spite of its owner's wrangling, so the added spare parts towards the end of the season hurt all the more when they didn't work out (Nate Colbert, Willie McCovey, Ron Fairly). Painful stuff.

Had Jackson been traded sometime before Christmas 1975, this "Missing Card" would've been an amazing inclusion in the Traded series of 1976.


Uncle John's Band said...

Nice card. Loving the series.

Insomniac #4 said...

I had no idea that Finley blew up the A's the same way Huizenga blew up the Marlins. What a strange bird he was.

Nice 'cards'...very interesting stuff!

Anthony Hughes said...

Cool card, i love it!